Barcelona invite Chapecoense for 2017 friendly

Barcelona have invited Chapecoense for a pre-season friendly next summer after the tragedy which befell the Brazilian club last month.

Chapecoense are still coming to grips with the death of 19 players and staff who were among the 71 people killed in a place crash, as the team were en route to Colombia for a Copa Sudamericana tie.

The club are now beginning the process of rebuilding, with three players among the six to have survived the crash.

In order to “pay tribute” to those who lost their lives, Barcelona want Chapecoense to participate in the Joan Gamper Trophy next summer – an annual match between the La Liga giants and an invited team.

"Along with the invitation to Chapecoense to the 2017 Joan Gamper Trophy, Barcelona would like to collaborate on the institutional and sporting reconstruction of the club, and help to recover the competitive level that it had," said a Barcelona statement.

"Barcelona has today sent a formal letter of invitation to the current board of directors of Chapecoense."